English Name: The Scorpion
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Sagittarius and Lupus.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -40 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in: July
Seen between: June and August.
Right Ascension (RA): 17 hour
Declination (DEC): -40 degrees
Area (square degrees): 497 (33rd)
Scorpius (The Scorpion)
- This large constellation located in the Southern Hemisphere.
- It lies in rich region of the Milky-Way, and like Sagittarius (The Archer), contains numerous objects of interest, in the same direction to the center of our Galaxy.
- Our Sun passes through it briefly from 23 November to 29 November every year.
- M4 – Globular Cluster; large and fairly loose – visible even with the naked-eye and a fuzzy in binoculars.
- M6 – Open Cluster; known as The Butterfly Cluster, can be resolved into individual stars in binoculars.
- M7 – Open Cluster; known as Ptolemy’s Cluster, best seen with low-magnification binoculars.
- M80 – Globular Cluster; small/compact, readily seen in binoculars but just resolved with 6-inch telescopes.
Features of Interest
- NGC 6153 – Planetary Nebula; (pale blue / magnitude: +10.9) easily observed with 3-inch telescopes.
- NGC 6231 – Open Cluster; extremely large and bright – more spectacular than the Double Cluster in Perseus (The Perseus), and contains many very hot stars with a whole range types of stars; Blue-white, yellow and orange stars are visible.
- NGC 6302 – Planetary Nebula; known as The Bug Nebula, noticeably elongated including a bright center. (Magnitude: +9.6)
- NGC 6388 – Globular Cluster; readily visible in 3-inch telescopes but can’t be resolved easily because of small object.
- Antares (Alpha Sco)
- Graffias (Beta 1 Sco)
- Dschubba (Delta Sco)
- Sargas (Theta Sco)
- Shaula (Lambda Sco)
- Jabbah (Nu Sco)
- Grafias (Xi Sco)
- Alniyat (Sigma Sco)
- Alniyat (Tau Sco)
- Lesath (Upsilon Sco)
- Photo of the constellation; Scorpius, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Scorpius
- List of stars in Scorpius.
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